Edmonton Outdoor Club - Volunteers
Officers and Administrators
 
Andrew H: President, Safety and Equipment Officer, Event Coordinator
Mark G: Vice President, Photo Historian, Event Coordinator
Michel: Treasurer, Event Coordinator
Donna: Assistant Treasurer, Event Coordinator
Ian M: Volunteer Coordinator, Event Coordinator
Sandie: Newsletter Coordinator, Event Coordinator
Susan D: Sponsorship Officer, Event Coordinator
Rhonda S: Past President, Event Coordinator
Ryan M: Communication Manager, Event Coordinator
Keith B: Webmaster, Sponsorship Officer, Event Coordinator

See our Job Descriptions for more information.
Event Coordinators
Brent S (Polé Polé)
Charlotte
Christine T
Colleen R
Dennis N
Jeff S
Joanne M
Narmin

We are always looking for Event Coordinators. If you think you may be interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ian M at volunteer@edmontonoutdoorclub.com.




 
President
Safety and Equipment Officer
Event Coordinator

Andrew H
Andrew is a Calgarian by birth, but grew up in the Edmonton area, although he did live in Calgary for a few years in the late 90s. Currently Andrew lives in Spruce Grove with his wife. He enjoys many outdoor activities and coordinates numerous Bike Rides, some Urban Hikes, the occasional Camping Trip and quite a few Social Events.

Andrew works for an Electrical Contractor as Office Manager so getting outside for a breath of fresh air and away from paperwork keeps him coordinating events. His biggest interests are biking and socializing so keep an eye open for events he's coordinating that involve both! Two of Andrew's favorite events have been biking to camp at the Strathcona Wilderness Center, and finishing a 100km solo ride at the bottom of a steep hill at 70km/hr.

You'll find his Biking events range from short beginner friendly to 100km or more distances! Hiking on one of Andrew's events won't leave you huffing and puffing too badly as he keeps the pace on those moderately slow. Andrew isn't the type to avoid an outdoor event because of inclement weather, in fact he's pretty Die Hard when it comes to that sort of thing so don't be surprised to see him out in the Rain, Snow or even Hail!

As the EOC President, Andrew's role is to:
- Spearhead the planning and decision making activities for the club
- Assist with member issues
- Answer inquiries sent to executives@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

As Safety and Equipment Officer, Andrew's responsibilities are to:
- Evaluate events and assess associated risks
- Ensure member safety is considered appropriately in all club events
- Consult with club volunteers to ensure that safety concerns and issues are considered and addressed as required
- Be aware and informed of current/seasonal safety concerns and send advisories to volunteer team
- Identify appropriate safety-related training opportunities for volunteers
- Provide club members with information needed to acquire required equipment and answer member inquiries regarding rental equipment
- Answer e-mail inquiries sent to safety@edmontonoutdoorclub.com



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Andrew H.




 
Vice President
Photo Historian
Event Coordinator

Mark G
Attracted to the EOC by the variety of activities and the desire to try cross-country ski trips, Mark joined the EOC in February 2007. Born and raised in Edmonton, he has spent many years skiing and cycling in the Alberta Rockies, as well as Edmonton's extensive North Saskatchewan River Valley Park System. Mark loves to brag that Edmonton's River Valley Park System is the largest connected urban park in North America.

Mark has completed three bike trips from Jasper to Banff along the scenic Highway 93. Currently he enjoys: downhill skiing, xc-skiing, hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing, cycling, backpacking, geocaching, partying, team building, dog sledding, wine tasting, rollerblading, canoeing, camping, et cetera.....ing. Look for possible caving expeditions in Alberta's caves, and dog sled adventures.

Mark can always be counted on to be dependable and prepared, and he possesses a strong sense of direction. His priority on any event is to have fun and stay safe. He loves to explore new trails and tap the group's knowledge to improve on his planned trip itinerary. Mark will always make an effort to ensure each participant feels included and comes away with a positive experience.

Mark has previously served the EOC volunteering as Vice President and as a member of the Director Team.

As the EOC Vice-President, Mark's role is to:
- Work with the club president on the planning and decision making activities for the club
- Assist with member issues
- Answer inquiries sent to executives@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

As Photo Historian, Mark's role is to:
- Receive photos from event attendees
- Review all event photos, selecting which ones to post in the photo album
- Crop and enhance photos
- Upload photos to Meetup.com and Google Drive service
- Manage photo albums in Meetup.com
- Select photos to include on the slide show (on the EOC Home Page)
- Select photos for photo contest
- Answering e-mail inquiries sent to photos@edmontonoutdoorclub.com



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Mark G.




 
Treasurer
Event Coordinator

Michel
Michel is a fifty something voyageur who loves people almost as much as he loves dogs. He’s been in Edmonton most of the last 30 years but has spent a couple of years abroad both working and having fun. Cycling and day hikes are his favourites but you can add swimming, squash, snowshoeing, downhill skiing and scuba diving to his fun list. He loves getting wet and dirty and is willing to almost get lost. He is active summer and winter. He has travelled to twenty something countries and been active in all of them. He has canoed and hiked in the Amazon, cycled in India, Morocco, Switzerland, England, Cayman Islands, Holland and Venezuela, been diving in the Caribbean, and has hiked all over the place. His motto is “I just wanna have fun”. So come and have fun with Michel.

As the Treasurer, Michel's role is to:
- Manage club finances, including receiving member payments for events and voluntary donations, and making event payments to service providers
- Manage club PayPal account
- Pay club expense payments, such as web hosting, etc.
- Manage the club budget
- Answer e-mail inquiries sent to treasurer@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Michel.




 
Assistant Treasurer
Event Coordinator

Donna
Donna has lived in Edmonton since 1981. She moved here when she graduated from university. Her outdoor interests are hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing, biking, camping, backpacking, and some astronomy. She was involved in Scouting for the last 13 years, but now her youngest son has quit, so she set out to find a group of people to camp and enjoy the outdoors with. This is what led her to the Edmonton Outdoor Club. She has been involved with the Girl Guides for nearly 40 years now, but her group does not get outdoors as often as she would like.

Donna enjoys being a math and physics teacher, but admits that the best times of my life were summer jobs where she worked in remote areas of Northern Canada where she would not set foot in a building for 3 months. Donna's dream vacation is spending the summer with a group of people who are all keen to paddle the North Saskatchewan River from Rocky Mountain House to Hudson's Bay. Expected travel time is 3-4 months.

Donna is not a fairweather camper, having lived outdoors for 3 months at a time and done some winter camping, her tolerance for bad weather is quite high, so her trips will go rain or shine. She loves to hike in the River Valley and does many urban hikes, but she will also organize canoeing and white water rafting trips.



Donna was our treasurer for 6.5 years until spring of 2014. She is currently staying on as our Assistant Treasurer, to train and assist our new treasurer with learning the position.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Donna.




 
Volunteer Coordinator
Event Coordinator

Ian M
Ian has been in Edmonton since 2009, when he moved over from the UK. Originally from Aberdeen in Scotland he enjoyed hillwalking and vaguely remembers climbing Ben Nevis (Britain's highest mountain) in his early teens (it was a long time ago). When he lived in London, he got more into urban hikes arranged through groups such as the Ramblers Association (he has been known to ramble on a bit).

Now he is in Edmonton, he is keen to enjoy the variety of urban hikes in the area, as well as other hikes out of town. Having tried cross-country skiiing and snowshoeing last winter, he is also looking forward to trying those again.

Ian is also infamous for his bad jokes, but don't let that put you off attending one of his events!

As the club's Volunteer Coordinator, Ian is responsible for:
- Recruiting, training and coaching event coordinators
- Acting as an information resource for event coordinators, including developing and updating coordinator documentation
- Ensuring club policies and procedures are being followed properly by event coordinators>
- Answering e-mail inquiries sent to volunteer@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

See
Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Ian M.




 
Newsletter Coordinator
Event Coordinator

Sandie
Sandie has lived in and around Calgary all her life until November 2006 when her company relocated her to Edmonton. She was a member of the Calgary Outdoor Club for a couple of years and knew she had to join the EOC.

She enjoys planning events and getting involved in social activities, meeting new people, and traveling (East & West Coasts, U.K., Greece, Denmark, France, Oahu - just to name a few).

Sandie's events will involve mostly moderate paced hikes within Edmonton and the nearby provincial/national parks and snowshoeing, along with some indoor social events such as Zumba, laser tag, bowling, mini golf, dinners, etc.

As Newsletter Coordinator, Sandie's role is to:
- Gather information from the President, the Volunteer Coordinator, and Safety Officer and write articles for the EOC newsletter. This will provide a convenient means for the Executive to help keep the membership informed of the Club's business, activities and any new policies that have the potential to impact Club activities.
- Distribute club newsletter four times a year to the membership e-mail list.
- If you have any newsletter suggestions or questions, please e-mail: newsletter@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Sandie.




 
Sponsorship Officer
Event Coordinator

Susan D
Susan is originally from Belleville, Ont. After the last 25+ years living and working in many communities across Canada she arrived in Edmonton in June 2007, joining the EOC in Nov. 2007. After taking part in several EOC events she decided to help out as an event coordinator.

Susan works for the City of Edmonton, in Neighbourhood and Community Development, as a Community Recreation Coordinator. Susan enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, cycling, hiking, and backpacking.

As the Sponsorship Officer, Susan's role is to:
- Manage Sponsor records and Banner Ads on the EOC Web Site
- Develop relationships with potential sponsor organizations
- Acquire door prizes for EOC events


See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Susan D.




 
Past President
Event Coordinator

Rhonda S
Rhonda is a software developer who moved to Edmonton from Calgary in late 2009. She has been a volunteer with the COC since 2003, and EOC since early 2009.

Due to asthma, Rhonda is a slow (but enthusiastic) hiker and cyclist. Her cycling events are always at a slower pace (approx 16km/hour average), but aren't necessarily "easy" - she's willing to do the hills and distance, just more slowly. Rhonda hikes year-round with snow shoeing and x-c ski events supplementing the winter hiking schedule. Do note, however, that she is a fair weather hiker and in the event of yukky weather will either move a hike to a different location (if the weather's nicer somewhere else), or cancel/reschedule the hike if it's yukky everywhere. When in the mountains during bear season, Rhonda is a "hike nazi", keeping her hikers in tight groups of six or more for safety.

As the EOC Past President, Rhonda's role is to:
- Advise and assist EOC's new Executive Team as requested

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Rhonda S.




 
Communication Manager
Event Coordinator

Ryan M
Born and raised near a small town in rural Eastern Ontario, Ryan moved to Edmonton in January 2005 for his doctoral studies at the U of A. On his week-days, he studies plant genetics and development, particularly of flax plants. Away from the hallowed halls of academia, Ryan maintains his sanity by seeking new adventures. He loves to hike, ski, and loves to try new activities all the time.

Ryan joined the EOC in October 2006, and started coordinating events for the EOC at the end of 2007. In the winter months, he particularly looks forward to taking his cross-country skis out on the trail - so look for a few cross-country skiing events. In the summer months, he enjoys practically any opportunity to explore the mountains, and organizes some beginner-level backpacking trips. He also enjoys organizing and participating in all kinds of other activities: look for visits to museums, visits to some of Edmonton's summer festivals, BBQ's, and maybe the odd urban hike.

As Communications Manager, Ryan is responsible for answering questions posed to info@edmontonoutdoorclub.com


See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Ryan M.




 
Webmaster
Sponsorship Officer
Event Coordinator

Keith B
Keith is originally from Vancouver Island, but he has lived in the Okanangan region of BC for many years. Tired of the 'sunshine tax', Keith relocated to Edmonton in 2005 in order to start an apprenticeship.

Keith, not the type who likes to sit at home, was very pleased to find the EOC in 2006. Keith is particularly fond of skiing and mountain biking and he is very happy to continue those interests in Alberta. A soft-spoken individual, Keith enjoys quiet conversation and meeting new friends who share his passion for the outdoors.

As the Webmaster, Keith is responsible for:
- Updating pages on web site
- Updating web site options for site formatting and functioning
- Updating announcements on club home page
- Creating and updating club e-mail addresses/forwarders
- Ensuring correctness and accuracy of static web site content
- Answering e-mail inquiries sent to webmaster@edmontonoutdoorclub.com

As the Sponsorship Officer, Keith's role is to:
- Manage Sponsor records and Banner Ads on the EOC Web Site
- Develop relationships with potential sponsor organizations
- Acquire door prizes for EOC events

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Keith B.




 
Event Coordinator (Since 2009)
Brent S (Polé Polé)
Brent is originally from the Vancouver area but has been in Alberta for a long time, moving originally to Bonnyville and then Edmonton, where he now works as an electrician for a small general contractor. A few years ago, after not being on a bicycle for many many years, a friend talked him into cycling across Canada, and if you let him, Brent would be more than happy to show you the 30-minute film his friend made of their adventure. Brent has been an avid cycler ever since, but prefers a leisurely pace.

As he has some good friends in Calgary, Brent joined the COC in summer of 2007 and did a couple of hikes with them including the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland with their volunteer "Legendary Ed", and got into the EOC in early 2009. Road (and path) cycling is his main outdoor interest and he coordinates mainly cycling events but he is also interested in hiking and snow shoeing.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Brent S (Polé Polé).




 
Event Coordinator (Since Mar 2012)
Charlotte
Charlotte was born in Edmonton, and except for about 10 years spent moving between Edson, Lethbridge, and Kingston Ontario, has lived here all her life. She has a great appreciation and love for Edmonton's river & ravine trails, year-round festivals, and surrounding natural areas. She has been a member of the EOC since 2007, mostly participating in urban hikes and hiking and backpacking trips.

Outdoor activities Charlotte enjoys include hiking, backpacking, camping, and fair weather bicycle commuting, and her events will reflect these interests. She would also like to learn more about snowshoeing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Charlotte's events will generally be beginner to intermediate level, and slow to moderately paced. This doesn't mean easy though, as she enjoys the challenge of elevation gain and loss and will sometimes go out of her way to find it!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Charlotte.




 
Event Coordinator (Since 2009)
Christine T
Christine is an architectural technologist originally from Terrace, BC, but has lived in all the western provinces. She moved to Edmonton in December of 2002. After looking to join a local hiking group in 2007 a friend told her about the Edmonton Outdoor Club.

She loves biking, skiing, canoeing, hiking, camping and other activities like volunteering, photography, road trips, movies, concerts and lectures. She also enjoys traveling and has been to Thailand, Haiti, Great Britain and throughout the United States and Canada.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Christine T.




 
Event Coordinator (Since April 2011)
Colleen R
Hi, I am Colleen Rea. I have been an EOC member almost since inception. Although originally from Ontario, I have been in Alberta for a great number of years (I am not going to say how many as that will date me). I am an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy hiking, backpacking, biking, canoeing, climbing, skiing both downhill and cross-country, and my greatest passion is horseback riding. So hopefully you will see some of these events in the near future. Of course I have other interests namely travel, food, wine, socializing. If there is a way to incorporate these into outdoor activities I will find it. I am looking forward to bringing my enthusiasm if not my experience to the EOC and can't wait to meet new friends. See you soon.

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Colleen R.




 
Event Coordinator (Since 2006)
Dennis N

Dennis joined the club after moving here in August 2006 from Calgary where he was involved with the Calgary Outdoor Club for a couple of years. He just started to lead some city walks there. He also was involved over the many years with other clubs in Toronto, Nanaimo and Calgary, where he led some easy hiking and walking trips. He knows the Kananaskis area fairly well now, having hiked there with the Rocky Mountain Ramblers of Calgary, but as he doesn't like the long drive now, he is resolved to exploring the countryside in and around Edmonton.

Dennis currently works as an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) at a nursing home and a retirement home.

Dennis likes exploring and over the past 2 years has enjoyed discovering the trails of Elk Island National Park in summer and winter. Recently, he has been checking out the ravine trails of the south side of Edmonton, and has recently become a coordinator and led a couple of trips there.

Dennis future plans are to participate or lead events such as city walks, easy hikes within one hour's drive of Edmonton, some easy cycling trips, and in winter, he would like to continue the walks as well as do some snowshoeing, skating and XC skiing.

He says he is one of the older members now and wants to urge people in the 40+ category to sign up, and would like to see some children participate as well, making it a club for all active people of any age who appreciate the outdoors.



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Dennis N.




 
Event Coordinator
Jeff S
Jeff was born and raised in Calgary. He now lives in Vegreville with his wife and is adjusting to small town life after living in Edmonton for the previous 8 years. He is a 2005 U of A graduate with a BA degree in French language and literature.

Jeff joined the EOC in March of 2006 but took several months before becoming fully active. He enjoys the philosophy behind the EOC and believes this club to be a good vehicle for pursuing outdoor activities with other like- minded enthusiasts.

Look for Jeff to organize hikes, multi-day backpack trips, and the occasional winter activity. He now prefers to enjoy the journey rather than making record time. He tries to maintain a moderate pace on his trips and will go rain or shine but may adjust his plans to suit the weather. Jeff is always open to exploring new areas and is never opposed to off-trail hiking or exploration, especially if it involves a better view or bagging a summit. He has no problems with early morning starts to the mountains and enjoys making the most of his time while there.

Jeff has enjoyed many trips to the Canadian Rockies and while living in Europe, on occasion enjoyed trips to European mountain ranges. He enjoyed climbing Mt. Jebel Toubkal, at 4167m; this is the highest mountain he has climbed to date. He has several favourite hikes and scrambles: Little Yoho Valley and Skoki for scrambles and several favourite day and multi-day hiking trails in each of the Rocky Mountain parks.

When not on a trail or mountain, Jeff enjoys researching and reading other people's stories of mountain adventure. He is an avid runner and enjoys participating in races, and still believes the marathon to be the best race out there. He enjoys watching hockey and movies, playing sports, and spending time with his wife. Jeff is goal orientated and very ambitious when it comes to the outdoors. He hopes to meet many people on his events.



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Jeff S.




 
Event Coordinator (Since 2010)
Joanne M
Joanne is originally from Wainwright, and after spending some time in Fort MacMurray, now calls Edmonton her home. She works as a chemical engineer for a local engineering company, but spends a lot of time travelling around the world working in many strange places and countries.

She joined the EOC in fall of 2008 after spending 6 years on the road internationally, and has enjoyed meeting new friends and having a lot of fun with the EOC. Joanne enjoys any activity outdoors. An avid hiker, backpacker, traveler, scuba diver, canoer, kayaker, and mtn biker, if not at home, she can be found wandering around the mountains and trails and avoiding housework! She loves to take the time and enjoy the journey instead of racing to a finish, and loves early mornings in the mountains. Joanne is always keen to explore new areas, new things, and travel to new places.

Hiking in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Turkey, all around Europe, and Soviet countries are among her highlights, as well as spending time in the Rocky Mountains.

Note that Joannes hikes are not super fast paced (still not easy), preferring to enjoy the scenery, instead of racing. Safety being foremost, she likes to keep the group together when in the backcountry.

Always open to new ideas, email me! Lets explore new places!

See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Joanne M.




 
Event Coordinator (Since 2007)
Narmin

Narmin (pronounced Nar-meen or Nar-mean depending on how often you mispronounce her name!) is the blur you see zipping by as you go about your daily business. She has a Type A personality, which results in her living life to the fullest and filling every moment with some sort of activity. When she's not at work, you can usually find Narmin rock climbing, doing boot camp, practicing yoga, spending time with her nephews and nieces, traveling the world, or volunteering for a good cause.

Narmin was born in British Columbia but has lived in Edmonton since she was a toddler. Her B.C. roots are pretty evident when you get into a political discussion (despite living in Alberta almost her entire life, she's still a bleeding-heart Liberal about most things).

In the past you likely would have seen Narmin in the Great Outdoors only because her sense of direction failed her yet again, thereby leading her right out of the city. Thankfully, Narmin discovered her passion for travel and after hiking dormant volcanoes in New Zealand in December 2003, she decided she'd better take advantage of the opportunities in her own backyard. She hasn't looked back since and has discovered a previously dormant passion for all things active. This is a very good thing given that Narmin has spent most of her career as a federal public servant and sometimes it's just good to get out into the real world. :)

Narmin typically coordinates indoor climbing events, urban hikes, fun runs, social events (restaurants and theatre) and volunteer activities related to global development and the Edmonton Christmas Bureau.



See Upcoming Events or Past Events being coordinated by Narmin.

 
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